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Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Its Usage of Social Media Surveillance Tools

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The FBI cannot hide whether it uses powerful surveillance tools to monitor the social-media activity of millions of Americans and noncitizens, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen rejected the government’s argument that acknowledging such surveillance capabilities, or the lack thereof, could reveal sensitive law enforcement techniques that would help criminals evade justice.

The ACLU claims multiple government agencies are ramping up efforts to monitor activity on online social networks, a surveillance tactic that “implicates the free speech of millions of social media users.”

Curated from Courthouse News

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